Chicago Bears rout turnover-prone Buffalo Bills 41-9

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

Now 5-3 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North, the Bears' most dominant defensive performance of the season in Buffalo set them up nicely for a second half run at the playoffs that will start next Sunday with three key NFC North games - including two against the Detroit Lions, who fell to 3-5 Sunday - in a stretch of 11 days. The former Chief stepped in for Long late last week after he was injured, and he started 13 games for Kansas City a year ago when Nagy was the offensive coordinator there, so he's familiar with the Bears' offense. The last win Chicago had on the road in Buffalo came back in 1979 as Walter Payton scored the lone touchdown in a 7-0 victory. He may be the No. 2 quarterback Sunday if Anderson doesn't clear concussion protocol in time to play, which would also mean Nathan Peterman would be the team's starter under center.

Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week.

The second-year quarterback continued playing down to his turnover-prone reputation, though two of the interceptions weren't entirely his fault.

Buffalo signed journeyman Matt Barkley on Wednesday to back up Peterman. Floyd didn't generate a sack, but he did play his best 2018 game, including a pick-six, tackle for loss, QB hit and sound and consistent play against the run and pass.

Peterman's 1-yard touchdown run with 5:41 remaining ended Buffalo's touchdown drought at 187 minutes and 19 seconds.

Trubisky and Burton connected for the game's lone touchdown pass, a 2-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Bills out-gained the Bears, 264 to 190, while running 81 plays (to the Bears' 46) and possessing the ball for 34 minutes and three seconds (to the Bears' 25:57).

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The game isn't even over yet, and Peterman already has thrown two interceptions, with one of them being returned by Chicago's Leonard Floyd for a pick six.

The Bills have now turned the ball over 22 times, including 16 interceptions.

Last week, the Bears two biggest offseason acquisitions were held out of the game against the New York Jets with injuries and could be held out this week too.

The Bears entered the game ranking second in the National Football League with 11 interceptions and 17 takeaways.

Mack missed out last week against the Jets after missing a couple of practices.

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